Vampyr #MovieReview

Film 217 in the “1001 Films to See Before You Die” challenge is 1932’s “Vampyr”. Based on Sheridan Le Fanu’s novel “In a Glass Darkly”, this Carl Theodor Dreyer German horror is about a student who visits a village cursed by a vampire. Well… that’s what Wikipedia says. All I say was a student running around spying on old people and ghosts. This film was very boring to watch. Nothing really happens. The lead actor looks like Spanish footballer Sergio Ramos. To put this film in better words, this film is about Sergio Ramos running around spying on old people thinking he’s the next Van Helsing. Overall, I can’t recommend this unless you have a hard time trying to sleep at nights. When this film was released in 1932, Carl Theodor Dreyer had this to say about the film, “I just wanted to make a film different from all other films. I wanted… to break new ground for the cinema”. Fun Fact of the Film – The movie’s dreamlike photography was apparently achieved by placing a gauze filter over the lens. If you have seen this film then let me know what you thought of it in the comments. Here is what I had to say while watching 1932’s “Vampyr”.

Film – Vampyr
Year – 1932
Director – Carl Theodor Dreyer
Written by – Christen Jul, Carl Theodor Dreyer
Based On – “In a Glass Darkly” by Sheridan Le Fanu
Staring – Julian West, Maurice Schutz, Rena Mandel
IMDb Rating – 7.7/10
My Rating – ZZZzzz
Length – 72 min (1h 12min)
Genre – Horror
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This is a very long opening credits
We open with reading… in both German and English
Allan, carrying a fishing net arrives at a woman’s house
There’s a man with the grim reaper’s axe ringing a bell
I think the characters are talking but the audio is very quiet
A man with no eyes arrives scaring Allan
Someone’s breaking into by bedroom!
Allan looks like Sergio Ramos
Dad breaks in and says things are too quiet
Who mustn’t die? TELL ME!!
The old man then writes on the letter he’s left behind before leaving
I know it’s says I can’t open it until I’m dead… But I wanna open it now
It’s morning and Allan’s off for a walk by the river
There’s a man shovelling! Better shy on him
It’s actually not a man! It’s a ghost with a peg leg
I’m assuming Allan is being haunted
Allan then finds a soldier talking to himself
He then finds ghosts dancing to music
An old woman demands silence from the ghosts
He’s still shovelling
Why were we shown wood shavings if they aren’t relevant to the story?
Nothing’s happening
Allan can’t decide whether he wants to hunt ghosts or spy on old people
That old man really likes that wall
I didn’t hear anything!
Why say you heard something if you’re going to lie about it
What dogs?
Allan leaves as soon as an old woman arrives – At least I think it’s a woman
Better leave the poison somewhere where everyone can see it
Allan finds an estate in the middle of nowhere with more ghosts
Back home and the girl gets checked on by Dad
The girl then starts screaming something about blood making Dad leave
Allan returns spying on Dad
The ghost of the solider has just shot Dad
I know you’re dying but have a cup of tea
ZZZzzz
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